For historians of Latin American communism, Cuba is a special case. Since 1959 it has been the only Communist country in Latin America, yet research on the history of Cuban Communism has been uneven and poor. Until the publication in Cuba in 2004 – 5 of Angelina Rojas Blaquier’s important two-volume account of the first decades of Cuban Communism we have not had a single synoptic study of Cuba’s first Communist Party (PCC). There have been monographs dealing with particular conjunctures (the soviets episode during the 1933 Revolution; Cuban volunteers in the Spanish Civil War), but there have been few biographies of key figures in the party or of people close to it in its first decade. There are no decent biographies of the party’s major figures (Lázaro Peña, Raúl Roa, Blas Roca, and Fabio Grobart). We lack studies of the party’s sociology,...

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